John Charles Merriman
This profile is currently incomplete or may contain errors
If you can help us complete the story please get in touch
- Poplar - Unknown
- France and Flanders - 22 December 1916
- Killed in action
- Served in
- British War Medal & Victory Medal
- East Ham
John Charles' story
Also remembered in the East Ham Book of Remembrance.
Enlisted in November 1915 and served in 12th Battalion K.R.R.C. as L/Cpl. R/16557.
In December 1916 the Battalion had moved to Guillemont (Somme) to take its turn in the trenches. The conditions in the trenches were extremely wet and on 20th December it was again taking its turn at the front. The following day a trench raid under Captain Dove was made on the enemy’s front line (almost certainly after dark). However, the German garrison was found to be too strong and the attack failed. During the raid one man was killed and Captain Dove and one man were wounded. Although the name of the man who was killed is not mentioned it was almost certainly Private Merriman.
Thanks to Barry Langridge for this information about the KRRC.
Do you know anything about John Charles?
Perhaps John Charles Merriman was in your family, or a friend of someone in your family? If you have any information at all we'd love to hear from you. Post a comment using the form below and we'll be in touch.
Find our more about other local heroes who may have known and fought with Harry:
Show me other heroes: